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Bahamian Chefs Head To UN Holiday Chef Takeover - Dec 12, 2018 - 9:59:31 AM

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The cuisine of The Islands Of The Bahamas will be put on full display from December 12 through 14 as three chefs from the Bahamas National Culinary Team will participate in the United Nations’ Holiday Chef Takeover in New York City.

Chefs Asteir Dean, Kevin Pratt and Celeste Smith will display holiday Bahamian favorites to hundreds of international guests.

Chef Dean, who is leading the trio, said he was excited to be have been selected...
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Defence Force apprehends Poachers - Dec 12, 2018 - 9:43:19 AM

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The Royal Bahamas Defence Force (RBDF) apprehended 7 Dominican fishermen aboard two small go-fast type boats around noon on Tuesday 11 November 2018 in the area of Little Inagua.

The two Dominican boats  were apprehended just off Little Inagua by RBDF patrol craft P-129, coxswained by Petty Officer Edison Rolle, while on routine patrol. On board were 7 Dominican fishermen, along with a quantity of scaled fish and crawfish... 
News : Local
BTC pays fine for breach of number portability regulations - Dec 11, 2018 - 7:39:16 PM

Consumers affected by a regulatory breach by the Bahamas Telecommunications Company (BTC) can expect to receive a $100 credit applied to their cellular mobile account on 12 December 2018.

The credit to affected consumers is the result of a determination made by URCA on 7 May 2018. URCA found that on 24 and 25 November 2017, BTC failed to comply with the requirements of the rules and regulations relating to mobile number portability causing unacceptable delays to 514 customers seeking to “port” their telephone numbers to Be Aliv Limited (Aliv)...
News : Ministry of Tourism Updates
The Bahamas host VIP Black Planners at National Conference - Dec 11, 2018 - 1:14:21 PM

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The Islands Of The Bahamas were the sponsors of a VIP Planners Only Breakfast at the recent National Coalition of Black Meeting Planners (NCBMP) 2018 Annual Conference, which took place in New Orleans, LA, November 28 - December 1, 2018.

The Bahamas was the only Caribbean Destination sponsor at the Conference and in keeping with the conference theme, “Elevate, Educate, Engage,” The Bahamas Director of Multicultural and Religious Markets, Linville Johnson...
News : International : Caribbean News
ECADE urges the Eastern Caribbean to stand up for human rights - Dec 11, 2018 - 12:48:43 PM

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Seventy years later, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) remains even more relevant than ever as we witness a rolling back of rights around the world. The Eastern Caribbean Alliance for Diversity and Equality (ECADE), notes with distress, the continued lack of progress towards achieving justice and equality for all in the eastern Caribbean, as we join the world in observing Human Rights Day 2018 and the 70th anniversary of this historic document.

“Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex people in the EC remain among the most vulnerable and at risk for marginalisation simply for expressing their authentic selves,” says ECADE Executive Director Kenita Placide...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
C. A. Smith Sworn In as Deputy to the Governor General - Dec 11, 2018 - 12:35:49 PM

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His Excellency Cornelius A. Smith was sworn in as Deputy to the Governor General by the Hon. Mme. Justice Vera Watkins, Acting Chief Justice, on Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at Government House. 

(BIS Photos/Letisha Henderson)...
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Minister Dames Congratulates Department of Correctional Services Graduates of BTVI Programme - Dec 11, 2018 - 12:07:35 PM

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Minister of National Security the Hon. Marvin Dames lauded the 100 Bahamas Department of Correctional Services (BDOCS) graduates, on December 6, 2018, and congratulated them on successfully completing their respective Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) training courses.

“Trainees, the fact that you are here today to receive a certificate for the successful completion of 10 weeks of vocational training is no small accomplishment,” Minister Dames said, during a ceremony at BDOC, Fox Hill...
News : New Providence
Investment Executive Albert Rex Appointed to Sterling Mortgage Income Fund - Dec 11, 2018 - 11:44:05 AM

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Sterling Global Financial, an award-winning financial services provider with more than US$9 billion in assets under administration and management, announced the appointment today of finance and equity executive Albert G. Rex to its Sterling Mortgage Income Fund Board of Directors.

“Albert Rex brings a wealth of experience almost unmatched in his range of expertise,” said David Kosoy, Chairman of the Board. “Over the past 40 years, he has steered more than $15 billion in financing and equity solutions to commercial real estate developers and owners...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Cultural Heritage Month launched at NAGB - Dec 11, 2018 - 11:23:30 AM

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Minister of Youth, Sports and Culture the Hon. Lanisha Rolle joined Acting Permanent Secretary Rhoda Jackson, Executive Director of Culture Rowena Poitier-Sutheralnd, Deputy Director Dereka Deleveaux-Grant and Senior officials of the Cultural Affairs Division in launching Cultural Heritage Month, at the beginning of December, at the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas. 

Also present were Director of the National Art Gallery of The Bahamas Amanda Coulson and her fellow staff members, cultural stakeholders and the general public.  Minister Rolle read the Cultural Heritage Month Proclamation...
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IDB’s Commitment to The Bahamas; Better Governments for Better Lives - Dec 11, 2018 - 10:08:57 AM

The Caribbean and Latin America and have been profoundly transformed over the last 15 years. Economic and social progress has been significant: per capita incomes have risen, the middle class has grown, education levels have improved, and the telecommunications revolution has meant that people are more connected, better informed, and can also demand more and better services...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Testing the Winds and Waters of Montagu Bay at the 'Best of the Best' Regatta 2018 - Dec 10, 2018 - 11:25:55 PM

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Minister of Agriculture and Marine Resources, the Hon. Michael Pintard, and Ministry officials, hosted the 'Best of the Best Regatta' & Star Sailors League Finals at Montagu Bay from December 3 through the weekend.  The event drew hundreds of enthusiastic spectators who watched Bahamian sloop sailors and Olympic sailing champs -- thrilled to test the winds and the waters at Montagu Bay in the time of their lives...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Tourism Improves in Grand Bahama - Dec 10, 2018 - 10:02:35 PM

The Government’s efforts have resulted in improvement in the Tourism sector in Grand Bahama during the year to date 2018. According to the Central Bank of the Bahamas latest Monthly Economic and Financial Developments, October 2018 which was published Monday December 3rd, 2018 tourism stop-over visitors showed and overall increase of 7.4%. The report showed improvement in Grand Bahama year to date, recovering from the huge decrease in 2017 of 39.5%.  The report indicated that in Grand Bahama “Despite the ongoing challenges in room capacity after the closure of several hotels due to hurricane damage...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Annual Christmas Luncheon for the Cabinet at Government House - Dec 10, 2018 - 7:15:26 PM

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Governor General, Her Excellency the Most Hon. Dame Marguerite Pindling hosted Cabinet members to an Annual Christmas Luncheon at Government House on Monday, December 10, 2018.  The Governor General is pictured welcoming the Prime Minister, Dr. the Most Hon. Hubert Minnis, having a chat with him, and also greeting Cabinet members.  In the group photo, seated, the Governor General is pictured centre, with Prime Minister Minnis, centre left, and Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest, centre right.  Also seated, from left: Minister of Education, the Hon. Jeffrey Lloyd; Minister of Financial Services, Trade & Industry and Immigration...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Bannister responds to voice note by Gray - Dec 10, 2018 - 4:39:31 PM

A voice note by former PLP Member of Parliament, Mr. V. Alfred Gray, has been brought to my attention.

In his very irresponsible statement, Mr. Gray alleges that the Government has proposed a Contractors Association Bill for Parliament; and in his words that the Ministry of Works is “putting together who can qualify for contractors and who can’t, and you can only qualify if you have a four storey building under your contractor’s belt.”

The allegations made by Mr. Gray are untrue and entirely without foundation...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Government will ‘stay the course’, as IMF report signals positive movement on key issues - Dec 10, 2018 - 4:38:18 PM

“The Government will stay the course with its fiscal strategy to boost economic growth, strengthen the fiscal balance and increase transparency and government accountability,” said K. Peter Turnquest, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance.

This comes after a recent review by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that commended the government for several key policy initiatives, including the Fiscal Responsibility Act, 2018, and the strategic plan to create a Disaster Relief Fund...
News : International : Organization of American States (OAS)
Preliminary Visit of OAS Electoral Observation Mission to El Salvador - Dec 10, 2018 - 12:14:09 PM

The Chief of the Electoral Observation Mission (EOM) of the Organization of American States (OAS) for the presidential elections on February 3rd in El Salvador, Uruguayan diplomat Juan Pablo Corlazzoli, today began a preliminary visit to the country to learn about the progress made in the organization of the elections...
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
CARICOM-Cuba Day - Dec 10, 2018 - 11:46:26 AM

The 8th of December 2018 marks the Forty-Sixth Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Barbados, Guyana, Jamaica, and Trinidad and Tobago, the four independent CARICOM countries and Cuba.  That historic act of 8 December 1972 has grown over the years into a strong fraternal relationship between all of the Member States of the Caribbean Community and Cuba.

The friendly and close relationship that unites CARICOM and Cuba is a shining example of South-South Cooperation...
News : International
International Conference Speaker Shares his Most memorable Speeches - Dec 10, 2018 - 10:23:02 AM
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Public speaking for me is one of the gifts from my Creator. In addition to speaking successfully as an international conference speaker, I have also been blessed with the gifts of writing and hosting my own  television and radio shows .

I have been honored to give 5,000 speeches and presentations in my 30 years as a much sought after motivational speaker. So today, I thought I would share with you some of my most memorable speeches and presentations.

1. In 1990 I was contracted by the Life Underwriters Association of The Bahamas (LUAB) to be one of the speakers at their Annual Conference being held in Ft. Lauderdale , Florida at the Embassy Suites Hotel. I was extremely excited for this opportunity of being the first Bahamian to address their international conference and additionally...

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Auto Giant Fred Albury Receives Lighthouse Award - Dec 10, 2018 - 7:05:27 AM

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Former longstanding president of the Bahamas Motor Dealers Association (BMDA) L. Frederick Albury recently received the Lighthouse Award for his achievements in business by the St. Augustine's College Alumni Association (SACA). 

He currently heads the Auto Mall Group of Companies with his brother Jeff. It includes Executive Motors, dealers of the Toyota and Lexus brands; Quality Auto, which promotes Hyundai and Suzuki vehicles; and Omega Motors established in 2011 (headed by his son Lionel James), which covers the BMW and Mini brands. The company also has a branch in Freeport, Grand Bahama.
News : Bahamas Information Services Updates
Prime Minister reassures commitment to maximizing tourism benefits - Dec 9, 2018 - 10:02:37 PM

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Prime Minister, Dr. the Most. Hon. Hubert A. Minnis reassured key stakeholders in tourism that his government is committed to maximizing the economic benefits of the country’s primary industry.
 
He was addressing the Bahamas Hotel & Tourism Association’s (BHTA) Annual Meeting at the Imperial Ballroom, Atlantis Resort on Friday, December 7, 2018.

The Prime Minister underscored the importance of government and BHTA working together to achieve the maximum economic benefits of the tourism sector...

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